I ought to begin all this with some boulder-sized caveats. Cody Rhodes is liable for one thing a whole lot of us wrestling followers by no means thought we’d see, and that’s a real various to WWE on common TV. Cody principally began AEW on a bar guess. He is also liable for me turning into conscious of corporations and wrestling exterior of WWE on this section of my fandom, and with out him I seemingly wouldn’t have found NJPW, a minimum of not till a lot later.
Cody is operating a really thrilling firm, that even with its faults is presenting among the finest wrestling tv seen in years, and offering hope for followers and wrestlers which have felt underserved, underused, or underexposed. It actually is a outstanding accomplishment, that in lower than two years to go from operating an indie present principally to make Dave Meltzer look silly to creating an organization that had one part of WWE on the run.
All that stated, Cody nonetheless must fuck off.
I get it, it’s his firm and I think about one of many perks of getting your individual wrestling firm is attending to insert your self wherever and nevertheless a lot you please. If Cody’s drawback with WWE was that they didn’t make the most of him sufficient or successfully, he’s actually making up for that now with nobody to inform him “no.”
However for months, Cody has been a waste of time. And he retains losing time. And the one purpose he appears to be on the present is that it’s his present. Cody’s matches all the time take up a giant part in the midst of “Dynamite,” and so they haven’t been for a title or in a significant feud in perpetually. They’re merely there as a result of Cody desires them to be. And seeing as how he’s VP, it’s unattainable to look at Cody have a good time himself and never surprise, “Couldn’t a ladies’s match go right here? In order that they’d have multiple per week, y’know?”
Currently, Cody has been much more unchecked. Time was wasted on a gender reveal for his and Brandi Rhodes’s child, and actually, the one two individuals who give a flying fuck about which are Brandi and Cody. TNT then introduced a actuality present following Cody and Brandi round, in what seems Cody’s never-dying quest to be The Miz. Cody desires to put on the fits, he desires to form the identical persona, he desires to be the identical fixed presence, even showing on a sport present as Miz as soon as did. Look, I like The Miz quite a bit, however there’s two issues. We solely want considered one of him, and two, Cody isn’t going to be The Miz. The Miz got here from actuality tv, is about twice the persona (the dude reduce a promo through the ESPN Celeb Softball sport on the All-Star break a number of years again. There’s no touching him). I’ve about as a lot curiosity in seeing as what goes on in Brandi’s and Cody’s private life as I do combing by means of my very own shit.
Cody was concerned within the Shaquille O’Neal match, as a result of after all he was, that a minimum of acted because the launch level for Jade Cargill’s rise to stardom. It appears nobody can go over except they undergo Cody first, besides that doesn’t actually work when everybody’s eyes glaze over as quickly as he seems on display screen.
Within the ring, Cody’s quest to recreate all the pieces he missed about WCW or proper the wrongs finished to his father misplaced their allure way back. It was enjoyable at first, as his exhibition of Southern wrestling pathos was totally different than the rest on TV. However with him off the highest of the cardboard, it’s simply not anymore. It’s not a unique model on provide and extra simply, “Cody Does What He Did In His Dwelling Room As A Child, However On TV Now.”
And but Cody received’t let go, or cede the stage even for just a bit bit. Currently, his feud has been along with his buddy QT Marshall, who has all of the allure and watchability of a plasma donation. He’s solely getting the TV time as a result of he’s near Cody, and everybody is aware of it. And the time spent on this the previous few weeks have been a wonderful alternative to seize a beer and wash the dishes. But it will get a giant chunk proper in the midst of the present each goddamn week and nobody cares.
Final evening was absolutely the hilt, on what in any other case was a wonderful, PPV-worthy card on TNT dubbed “Blood & Guts.” The primary draw was the almost hour-long principal occasion, a Battle Video games match between The Pinnacle and The Internal Circle. It actually lived as much as the title, because the violence and blading flowed.
However Cody wasn’t going to let a present dubbed “Blood & Guts” go by with out exhibiting the world that nobody can bleed like him, a minimum of in his personal thoughts. In what I can solely pray was the blow-off match for this totally ineffective QT-Cody feud, Cody opened himself up once more to attempt to put some form of capper on it. That sort of effort for a match and program that flatlined on arrival felt just like the definition of overkill. On an evening about one other blood feud, Cody needed to merely insert himself into the evening’s theme as a result of how may it probably go on with out him? The fucking balls on this man.
Maybe I’m being too tunnel-visioned, and too laser-focused on the ladies’s division. However it’s AEW’s largest blindspot, and nearly all the issues can be solved by dedicating the 10-Quarter-hour which are at the moment used for no matter self-importance challenge Cody has that week for creating extra storylines within the ladies’s division. The corporate appears decided to waste the momentum derived from the Britt Baker-Thunder Rosa basic. Baker has solely been doing promos, and obtained a three-minute squash match final evening on one of many firm’s larger playing cards. Rosa hasn’t been seen in any respect. Jade Cargill has gotten a pair video packages. Kris Statlander has returned, however all of those occurred one after the other. There’s extra to be finished.
I hardly anticipate “Dynamite” to go a very long time with out that includes any of Cody, Kenny Omega, or The Younger Bucks, as they run the rattling factor. However the different three are on the high of the cardboard and maintain titles. Cody is seemingly spinning his wheels, taking on TV time as a result of….effectively, as a result of. A break actually wouldn’t harm anybody, apart from Cody’s picture of Cody in his personal thoughts.